Security researcher pleads guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo

Tom Warren reports:

A 24-year-old security researcher narrowly avoided prison today, after admitting to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers and stealing confidential information. Zammis Clark, known online as Slipstream or Raylee, was charged on multiple counts of computer misuse offenses in a London Crown Court on Thursday, and pleaded guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo networks.

Prosecutors revealed that Clark had gained access to a Microsoft server on January 24th, 2017 using an internal username and password, and then uploaded a web shell to remotely access Microsoft’s network freely for at least three weeks. Clark then uploaded multiple shells which allowed him to search through Microsoft’s network, upload files, and download data.

Read more on The Verge.

The lack of any prison time will likely upset some readers while pleasing others.  How many companies can a hacker/researcher hack or compromise and yet escape prison on the defense that it would be difficult for someone with autism?

 

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